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Old 01-12-2019, 03:23 PM   #1
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Preferred battery for Redhawk 26XD?

We bought a 2016 Redhawk secondhand, and the single house battery won't hold a charge. What brand of replacement should I be looking at? We are planning a trip to Yellowstone, then Washington State, then down the coast to southern California, then back to Indiana through Colorado. Plan on staying at campgrounds with electric and the occasional Walmart, plus a few days in friends' driveways, who I assume will loan us an outlet.

Thanks for the advice.
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Old 01-12-2019, 04:00 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum.

Other than the folks on this site that are seriously into solar and 6volt batteries, I don't believe there are too many that are loyal to one brand of battery.

I picked Walmart when I needed batteries for my truck and travel trailer because they never had an issue when a battery needed to be replaced under warranty and I can find Walmarts virtually EVERYWHERE!
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Welcome to the forum.

Other than the folks on this site that are seriously into solar and 6volt batteries, I don't believe there are too many that are loyal to one brand of battery.

I picked Walmart when I needed batteries for my truck and travel trailer because they never had an issue when a battery needed to be replaced under warranty and I can find Walmarts virtually EVERYWHERE!


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Old 01-12-2019, 07:04 PM   #4
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Battle Born

It seems like right now the top of the heap is Battle Born batteries but at about $1,000 per they're probably more than you want to pay. Whatever you buy don't buy a starting battery, buy a deep cycle battery designed to be deeply discharged. An Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) battery is probably about the best semi-reasonably priced battery you can get. Even then, don't take it below 50% of its capacity. Whatever kind of battery you buy I would go to the manufacturer's web site, most of them have pretty good information. If you look around on the Internet about RV solar power you will get more information about batteries than you ever thought existed.



You might want to check out https://www.solar-electric.com/learn...ttery-faq.html if you want to see how much you can spend.


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Old 01-12-2019, 07:32 PM   #5
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You asked a simple question that can only be answered after a lot of questions.

What size battery was in it> 24 27 larger?
Will you be using anything other than lights and furnace?
Will you be camping for more than one night between chances to recharge??
Do you have a generator?
Do you have solar?

More than one night , big
Running microwave, TV, etc. Bigger
more than one night bigger yet.

do searches on batteries, types of use, how much you will need.

Than shop for what you need and can afford. Bigger or more is rarely regretted.
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Old 01-12-2019, 08:25 PM   #6
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Roger, thanks for your input. As to your questions:
1) What is in there is (I think) a 27, with no room to go larger (maybe can shoehorn a 31 in, but I don't know. I have not found a Group 27 with significantly more than 100 AH, so I assume that's what I'm stuck with, size wise. I was wondering if there was a brand that eeked the specs up a bit or paid for increased cost with longer life (or, likewise, wondered if there was a brand I should avoid at all costs).
2) Trip is in June, so I don't know that we will need the furnace. We will certainly be using more than lights, though. Probably a couple of laptops, and beyond that, I don't know.
3) I have no idea if we will Walmart more than one night in a row, but my understanding is that the alternator charges the house battery.
4) Yes to generator.
5) No to solar.

As far as "do searches on batteries, types of use, how much you will need", given that I am limited by physical dimensions of the battery tray, that is kind of what I was attempting to ask.
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Old 01-12-2019, 08:33 PM   #7
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Thanks!

Thanks to all three of you for your input. I confess that I wouldn't have considered a Walmart battery. Mr. Lightning, you are correct that $1K is more than I want to pay.
I am limited by the battery tray to a (I think) Group 27 battery, and I have not found anything that isn't right around 100 AH. I was wondering if there was a brand worth the bump in price (or, likewise, something I should avoid no matter how cheap it is).
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